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Long on Fight short on Talent…Magic’s playoff run ends at hands of the Pacers

Posted By Warren Shaw On May 8 2012 @ 11:15 pm In Orlando Magic | No Comments

This was expected.

The Indiana Pacers have moved on to the second round of the NBA playoffs after defeating the Orlando Magic 105-87 in Game 5 Tuesday night.

The game was lost because Orlando simply ran out of out gas but never out of fight in the final quarter. The Pacers showed a killer instinct running the Magic out of the building 36-16 in the fourth quarter.

Indiana shot 75% in the final frame sparked by Darren Collion who scored 15 of his 19 points in the quarter. Danny Granger was almost just as menacing scoring 12 of his team high 25 points in that quarter as well.

Jameer Nelson did all he could to keep the Magic in the game scoring 27 points while adding 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Unfortunately for Orlando, Collison ran him ragged in the fourth quarter.

Glen Davis did a good job on defense limiting David West to just 12 points while giving the Magic 15 points and 8 rebounds in his final contribution this season.

Orlando got it handed to them in just about every significant category that teams use to evaluate their performances after each game. Here are the gruesome details:

Rebounding

Points in the Paint

Fastbreak Points

2nd Chance Points

Orl: 34 Ind: 43

Orl: 22

Ind: 46

Orl: 0

Ind: 18

Orl: 12

Ind: 22

That sums things up right there.

Now that the Magic’s season has ended the questions about their roster, their coach, and general manager will enter the forefront.

Will the Magic look to trade Dwight Howard over the Summer?

Will they fire Stan Van Gundy and keep Howard or get rid of them both?

Who can they convince to join the roster this Summer?

Who on the roster is worth holding on to? Ryan Anderson is restricted free agent, Jameer Nelson has a player option.

More questions than answers for sure.

Van Gundy wants to come back but said the decision is up to the them (management). Ryan Anderson is somewhat offended he was not offered a contract during the season but he said he understands the “business of basketball”. So he will now look too see how much business he can generate in free agency.

At the end of the day the most important decision is the one that needs to be made on Howard. Many think it already has been made and that the organization will stand by their All-Star center. Seeing how the organization was rumored to be giving Howard executive like power going forward that would make the most sense.

But nothing else about the Orlando Magic’s season made sense this year.

Buckle up, I suspect this off-season will be one “magical” ride.

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